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EXPERIMENTS IN MASS APPEAL

Frost*

 

Neo-Prog

3.66 | 305 ratings

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FlowerA
3 stars Transparent.

That's my one word description of this album. These guys can write and play well - there's no question about that - yet the music lacks any purpose or emotion. Objectively, this should be a great record - lots of proggy elements in the form of multi-structured songs, tempo shifts, and all that jazz - but it all seems so forced, as if these guys really want to write an alternative record but felt obligated to sprinkle in prog elements to be included in that circle. The result is a very hollow record that the snazzy production and instrumentation cannot fix.

As a caveat, I must admit that my dissapointment in this record stems largely from my experience in other, more creative music. Although I'm not some snark that believes good music ceased to exist after 1978 (in fact, I love many modern bands such as RADIOHEAD and NEMO), its very apparent that these guys are not original and cannot hide this with the modernity of their sound.

In spite of the harshness of this review, it would be a diservice to call this album meritless, as it is quite a pleasant listen - just don't expect to see this on a list of classics anytime soon. Highlights include the title track and Dear Dead Days.

A comfortable 3 stars.

FlowerA | 3/5 |

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